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New York State Strengthen Social Security Campaign

New York State Strengthen Social Security Campaign

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Published by: Citizen Action of New York on Sep 24, 2010
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New York State Strengthen Social Security Campaign
For Immediate Release:
September 23, 2010
For More Information:
Mary Clark, 607.232.2084; Jia-Jia Zhu, 518.641.1243
NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN NEW YORK TO FIGHT EFFORTS TOWEAKEN SOCIAL SECURITY
New Report Finds That Social Security Provides Benefits to 1 of 6 New Yorkers Report DetailsBenefits of Social Security for Every State Congressional District
Albany, NY
- Advocates from across New York State gathered today to launch a new campaign aimed atprotecting and strengthening Social Security benefits for current retirees and future generations. Thecoalition also released a report, "Social Security Works for New York," detailing the benefits of SocialSecurity to New Yorkers and the state economy."Social Security is a promise to all Americans that has withstood the test of time and it represents the bestof American values - rewarding hard work, honoring our parents and caring for our neighbors," said EricKingson, co-chair of the national Strengthen Social Security Campaign. "It did not cause the currentfederal deficit problem and must not be used to address it. The program's already modest benefits shouldnot be cut - if anything they should be increased, as Social Security is a financial foundation for mostAmericans - and often an economic lifeline." Mr. Kingson is a Syracuse University social work professorwho has served as a policy advisor to two Presidential commissions on entitlements.The state and national campaigns were formed in response to threats to the well-being of Social Securityby the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (sometimes called the "deficitcommission") and others. The Commission, formed by a February Presidential Executive Order, mustvote on the approval of a final report containing a set of recommendations no later than December 1st.Several Commission members, including the chairs, former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) and formerClinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, have indicated that Social Security benefit cuts are onthe table."Many of our member organizations worked successfully during the Bush years to stop efforts to privatizeSocial Security, and we won't allow it to happen under this President either," said Mary Clark, New YorkState Strengthen Social Security Campaign Coordinator (Citizen Action of New York). "Social Security isa basic part of the social safety net that countless New Yorkers - seniors, people with disabilities and theirfamilies - depend on for their survival. In a time like now in which so many families are in economicdistress, we need to be talking about increasing rather than decreasing Social Security benefits."A sampling of ways Social Security works for New York, according to the report:
Social Security provides benefits to more than 3.1 million New Yorkers, nearly 1 of 6 stateresidents.

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